Regret the Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech

Craig Silverman, Author, Jeff Jarvis, Foreword by . Sterling/Union Square $19.95 (366p) ISBN 978-1-4027-5153-0

Blogger Silverman is a man obsessed with pointing out the mistakes of others, though he dreams of a world in which he didn't have to. If media outlets printed their own corrections more thoroughly, amending online content appropriately, embracing their mistakes wholeheartedly, he argues, he wouldn't have to collect and publicize them with such devotion. Having founded regrettheerror.com to tally inaccuracies and corrections in the press, Silverman has set out to chronicle and categorize these errors in his first book. The result is a winding journey through the most glaring, damaging and humorous typos, misprints, misidentifications, “fuzzy numbers” and “obiticides” in the history of journalism, from the accidental to the malicious. These chapters are chock-full of amusing historical anecdotes, including the story behind the incorrect headline “Dewey Defeats Truman,” the case of mistaken identity that galvanized Nobel to create his prestigious awards, and the oft-presumed dead but still living Abe Vigoda. Silverman injects plenty of humor, but mostly he is deeply concerned about the science of journalism, and at the heart of this romp is an argument for increased public participation in the news cycle. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/24/2007
Release date: 11/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 366 pages - 978-1-4027-6564-3
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